One-third of the American diet is junk food: The other two-thirds don't achieve 100% of the recommended daily allowance

September 24, 2000

The study used data from the well-known third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), which examined eating patterns of among over fifteen thousand American adults. The investigator analyzed consumption of energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods, which were defined as foods that do not belong in any of the 5 major food groups: dairy, fruit, grains, meat and beans, and vegetables. These foods include:
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